What Is It?

Coconut cream concentrate is basically ground up coconuts, oil and all. Think of peanut butter, but instead of peanuts, it’s coconuts. In the name of all that is holy, this is amazing stuff.

It’s mostly fat (1 tablespoon contains almost 100 calories of fat) which means a spoonful can be an excellent quick pick-me-up for those primal/paleo/real-food-minded folks.

Some people use it as a spread (like you would with peanut butter) on toast or whatnot, and according to the Tropical Traditions site, it can also be used as a non-dairy creamer in coffee.

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You can stir it into water to make coconut milk or coconut cream (depending on how much you use) to use as a beverage or in cooking, too.

It’s 100% organic coconut – no weird ingredients.

My Thoughts:

First of all, it took me a while to try this out, because there’s one inconvenient step you have to complete before you can use the coconut cream concentrate.

You have to actually “prepare” it … the oil separates out of the coconut cream, just like the oil in natural peanut butter separates out. But coconut oil is often solid at room temperature, so it can be pretty hard to mix back into the coconut meat. I did the hot water thing but still got really frustrated in the mixing process… the jar doesn’t have much extra room, so I was really worried I’d splash the oil out accidentally.

My husband actually ended up doing the “prep” part – he’s a pro at mixing peanut butter to start a new jar, and he did this easily too. Maybe I’m just clumsy.

Once it was mixed together, I was a little disappointed that it seemed so runny. Of course, I wasn’t thinking about the oil still being melted at that point. I went ahead and tried it in a recipe:

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Coconut cream “health fudge.” I was again a bit disappointed because the fudge wasn’t very fudgy, and it also mostly tasted like peanut butter. I wanted more coconut cream concentrate flavor!

Well, imagine my delight when today I went to inspect the coconut cream concentrate and taste it again, and it had thickened into this delightful texture:

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Because the oil had hardened again, but this time was mixed throughout, the concentrate was more like the texture I had initially expected – more like peanut butter. Exciting!

I ate a spoon full. It was awesome. Like the delicious exciting flavor of coconut oil, but without making your lips and throat feel all greasy (yes, I’ve eaten a spoon of coconut oil on its own before).

I’m really looking forward to using it to make my homemade peppermint patty recipe, without having to grind up the dried coconut… this will be much simpler and probably a smoother texture! I’m also thinking of homemade almond joys, and maybe trying it in a cookie recipe in place of butter. In the meantime though, I think I’ll have another spoon full as a snack.

It’s delicious! And now that I know just how delicious it is, I won’t wait as long to “prep” my next jar.

Buy It:

Go to Tropical Traditions and check out all their products – they don’t just have coconut stuff (their pumpkin seeds are also great, I promise). And if you make a purchase and use my referral ID: 6533374, you’ll get a free cookbook with 85 recipes in it. I’ll also get free coconut oil if you use me as your referral.

Win It: (CLOSED)

One lucky Joyful Abode reader will win a jar of Tropical Traditions Coconut Cream Concentrate.
To enter the giveaway, you must comment on a Joyful Abode recipe you’d like to try, then come back to this page and comment with a link to that recipe and tell me what # comment you left.
Be sure to use a valid email address when commenting, otherwise I won’t be able to contact you if you win!

I will select the winner using Random.org on Wednesday, November 3 when I get up. I’m not giving you a specific time because, hey, I have a new baby. But it will be in the morning, Pacific time.

UPDATE: Edmund W, comment 49 is the winner selected by Random.org!

Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, but I promise these are my real thoughts and opinions of the product.

65 Comments on Review – TT Coconut Cream Concentrate

  1. Melissa says:

    I Subscribe to Tropical Traditions Newsletter (1 extra entry)

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    And I subscribe to your Feed too! 🙂

  2. Virginia says:

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    tweeted, i think i did it right…

    already like both you and Tropical Traditions… already subscribed to your blog, and already follow you both on twitter… maybe i will get lucky and win something for once… maybe… lol

  3. Sue D says:

    I subscribed to Tropical Traditions newsletter.

  4. Sue D says:

    I made a comment on your Homemade York Peppermint Patty recipe–comment #46. Sounds like a great use for this product!

    http://www.joyfulabode.com/2010/06/10/homemade-york-peppermint-patty-recipe/#comment-35319

  5. Clarissa says:

    facebook fan you and trop traditions

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    twitter follow you and trop traditions

  7. Clarissa says:

    get tropical tradition newsletter

  8. Clarissa says:

    comment #10 on the chocolate chip pumpkin bread

  9. Lynn says:

    I’ve been toying with TT and looking forward to placing an order soon. I would really like to try the peppermint patties – it would be nice for my son and I to satisfy our sweet teeth! Thanks!

  10. mayness says:

    I’ve been subscribed to your RSS feed for quite some time.

  11. mayness says:

    I’ve “liked” you both on facebook for a while now.

  12. mayness says:

    I’m subscribed to the TT newsletter.

  13. OMgosh, I’ve had a jar in my cabinet for months and have never cracked it open for the same reasons you hadn’t.. hmmmm, I may have to re-think that and buckle down and get it done! Sounds wonderful! Thanks for the inspiration!

    PS – I have been looking very forward to an almond joy recipe from you! My husband loves the p.patties but I really, really love almond joys! It would be great to make some for Halloween ;D (hint, hint!) ;P

  14. Katie P says:

    And the recipe I would like to try is actually your recipe for Peppermint Patties. That’s the first recipe that got me linked to your site and the first one I tried with another brand of Coconut Butter. Think it could work, though might need to thicken a bit w/ processed coconut or coconut flour or something. Love to experiment!

  15. Katie P says:

    Liked you on Facebook. Can’t believe i hadn’t done that earlier!

  16. Katie P says:

    Liked TT on Facebook.

  17. Katie P says:

    I subscribed to the Tropical traditions newsletter.

  18. Katie P says:

    I’m a subscriber.

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    I am subscribed to tropical traditions

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    I am subscribed to Joyful Abode

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    I like Joyful Abode and TT on facebook

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    I follow Joyful Abode and Tropical Traditions on Twitter

  24. Ben says:

    I would love to try your grain free chocolate chip pumpkin bread (maybe sans chocolate and added nuts!)

  25. Isfahel says:

    I’m dying to try both this fudge recipe and http://www.joyfulabode.com/2010/06/10/homemade-york-peppermint-patty-recipe/ Comment 44.

    I’m Primal but I LOVE yum-yum of any kind, as long as it’s primal enough for me to not feel too guilty 🙂

  26. Isfahel says:

    And I “like” you both on FB 🙂

  27. Isfahel says:

    Oooo, I’ve been wanting to try coco cream for ages… Just to cheap to buy any 🙂 I’m subbed to TT’s newsletter.

  28. Stormimay says:

    I am already a subscriber to Tropical Traditions and to your RSS feed. I would looooove to try some of this, since I haven’t yet convinced my husband to let me buy some.

  29. Leah says:

    I already subscribe to your RSS!

  30. Leah says:

    I already subscribe to the TT newsletter

  31. Leah says:

    http://www.joyfulabode.com/2010/06/10/homemade-york-peppermint-patty-recipe/ comment #43

    I’m totally going to make those peppermint patties!! They look incredible!!!!!

  32. Tristina says:

    I subscribe to you

  33. Tristina says:

    I like both of y’all on Facebook

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    I follow both of y’all on Twitter

  35. Grace says:

    I LOVE this stuff. One thing I learned this summer is that if you get a new jar and it’s warm then that “prep” work is not too bad. I have warmed up jars like in the video and have the same issue with slopping the contents all over the place. However, when i picked up 2 new jars this summer it was HOT and thus the stuff was already melted and WAY more easily stirred.

    I like to take a tablespoon of coconut concentrate (in it’s melted or buttery state) and put that in a bowl on a small piece of parchment. Then, sprinkle with cacao nibs & freeze. In 10 min you have a lovely piece of coconut “bark” as a sweet treat. YUM

  36. Lydia says:

    I bought this coconut cream concentrate a while ago, hoping to use it in my coffee as described. I didn’t like it at all. It never really dissolved, and left a sort of sludge at the bottom.

    But! But! I love cooking with it. It’s delicious when stirred into (warm) eggs while you’re scrambling them in the pan. It incorporates well into curries. It’s a great addition to smoothies.

    Is it a good replacement for coconut milk? I don’t think so. But will I buy another jar when this one’s gone? Definitely!

  37. Arielle says:

    Subscribed to Joyful Abode!

  38. Arielle says:

    I already subscribe to the TT newsletter, love it 😀

  39. Arielle says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! I LOVE mixing 3/4 coconut cream and 1/4 peanut butter, it’s amazing!

  40. Sally says:

    I’m hoping for a win on this one! I love tropical traditions and all their products! We go through coconut oil by the gallon- literally! i love that they sell bulk quantities- less frequent shipping costs, less packaging etc. plus the gallon tubs are totally re-useable for all kinds of stuff!
    The recipe I’m looking forward to trying is http://networkedblogs.com/9nGn0- The grain-free chocolate chip pumpkin bread. Perfect for entertaining for the holidays. Can’t wait!!

  41. Lauren says:

    I’d like to try the concentrate… I use so much coconut milk in my curries and this would probably end up being more cost effective!


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